The kitchen is the center of the home. It’s the space where families always seem to congregate. Family meals are prepared there, children do their homework at the kitchen table and regardless of how many beautiful spreads you put out in other rooms, it always seems to be the centre of action when you’re hosting a party.
Being that the kitchen is such a hub of energy and activity, families often want a bright, clean space that’s full of light and homey. Somewhere you and those important to you enjoy being – somewhere that feels like a canvas for creativity, somewhere comforting and cozy – and definitely somewhere easy to clean.
Traditionally in design and renovation, the experts say, “spend your money on the kitchens and bathrooms,” and they’re not kidding. Kitchens can easily eat up your budget if you’re not careful, but they are also one of the major attractions that will sell a home. If you’re looking to build both a beautiful space for yourself, as well as sow your seeds for the future when it comes to resale value, follow these 5 steps from your kitchen design Denver experts from at Designer Premier.
5 Steps for Beautiful Kitchen Design
Step #1 – Get Clear on Your Budget
The most common reason a renovation project gets derailed is that the renovator runs out of money. Design projects and renovations notoriously take longer and cost more money than they appear at the outset.
You’ve probably heard the advice – if you’re doing a home renovation or build project, always double your budget and double your timeline from what you think you’ll need. That’s pretty sound guidance, but more simply: focus on getting clear with your budget.
How much are you really willing to spend overall? How much in which areas? What’s important to you? What are you willing to give up if you can’t get the price you want? Research common costs for renovating different parts of the home.
This isn’t the fun part of design, but getting clear around the money will help you in the long run, and don’t just focus on budget at the beginning. Run a tight ship throughout the process and check in with your budget on a daily basis throughout your reno.
Step #2 – Plan Your Space Effectively
Investing in a designer to help you understand how to maximize your layout for functionality, flow and space saving is a huge tip! This is a corner a lot of families cut to save money. However, remember that you’re desiring to create a space that’s multi-functional, that appears clean and tidy and feels comfortable. Working with an expert to identify nooks and crannies that can serve as efficient storage space or an alternate flow to the space that you would never have thought of will likely make all of the difference when it comes to your comfort and enjoyment in the long run.
Step #3 – Get Clear on your Wants & Needs Upfront
Very much like getting clear on your budget and what you’re willing to spend upfront, getting clear on your wants and needs when it comes to design elements, aesthetic, brands and fixtures is key. What are your non-negotiables?
Prioritize your list of wants and needs. Identify which elements are interconnected? If you let go of that stove, does the matching fridge go too?
Your wants and needs will go hand in hand with budget. Identify your top picks versus what you’re willing to sacrifice in the name of something else and keep going back to this list as the project evolves.
Step #4 – Think about Structure, not just Finishes
Design finishes are absolutely the fun part of any room and will make the biggest impact in terms of feeling. However, they are the icing on the cake. First and foremost comes structure – which is not to be overlooked.
Five years down the line if you’re looking to do an update to your room, it will be easy enough to give your finishes a facelift, but overhauling your structure will be much more costly, intensive and involved.
Focus on getting happy and investing appropriately in the structure upfront, knowing that you have more flexibility in tweaking your finishes over time.
Step #5 – Invest money to save money
Our finally tip is to invest money to save money. What this means is that while you are getting clear and strict with your budget, know that cutting too many corners at the beginning to save money won’t serve you.
Even if you are trying to be careful in your efforts to spread your budget over the course of the project, know that investing in the support of experts upfront can often serve you best.
When you try to take planning and structural responsibility on yourself, you often end up having to shell out more money down the line to correct errors and start fresh. Paying up front for help will lead to you saving money in the long run.